Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Square”

Crossword Clues with Orange Hens

Crossword Clues with Orange Hens

May 16, 2017

Chickens galore! This collage is one I completed as a Daily Painting exercise. Most of my artwork are larger sizes, so I thought it would be fun to do a small and simple piece. It is also great to be able to use some of my collage paper scraps. I have about twelve bags sorted […] more »

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

April 5, 2017

I began this abstract collage without a thumbnail sketch, but by choosing a variety of colors from my hand-painted acrylic papers. Some of my newer papers were painted with a bristle brush instead of using the brayer to roll and blend the pigments. I liked the brush marks on the paper which adds some new […] more »

Teapot Series #17 – Lime Pears

Teapot Series #17 – Lime Pears

November 19, 2015

I have decided to continue with my Teapot Series still lifes after reviewing some of my past work. This subject matter still intrigues me and I wonder where the future designs may lead. That is why I continue to paint — the surprise ending is well worth it! I do know that once I start […] more »

Journey

Journey

February 26, 2015

I enjoyed assembling my paper scraps for this creation. It began with the background piece and I moved smaller pieces on top of the brown, and also cut shapes to insert papers behind the openings. It started as a rectangular composition, but when I started gluing the pieces, I decided it would be a stronger design […] more »

Radio, Records & Books

Radio, Records & Books

April 10, 2013

This is a business that used to be on the northwest corner of the Centerville square a few years ago. Maybe a better title would be “remember when?” The storefronts and signage change occasionally and this is what attracts me to the subject matter. I like painting the old brick buildings. Most of the details are […] more »

Small Town U.S.A.

Small Town U.S.A.

February 11, 2013

I decided a few months ago to paint the small, rural towns in Iowa. Having grown up in a large city, I was unfamilar with these areas and find them interesting, particularly the old buildings and signage.  This painting depicts Seymour, Iowa. I traveled there to take reference photos for a commission and drove around […] more »

Benton Street Corner, Albia

Benton Street Corner, Albia

February 8, 2013

I’m painting my way around Albia’s square.  This pale yellow building on the corner is a landmark and on the historic register. It is interesting sandwiched between the other businesses. The other points of interest are the global lights and parked vehicles along the curb. The building colors are a primary triad of yellow, gray-blue and brick […] more »

Morning Walk

Morning Walk

February 7, 2013

I’m doing another storefront composition on the other side of the street. Many of these old buildings have intricate details, which I’ve simplified, of course. Also in evidence is the old blue mailbox — something you don’t see anymore. I did go back recently to see if the box was there, but it has been […] more »

Movies America

Movies America

February 6, 2013

I cannot resist painting small town rural America. The small businesses come & go and I find the old buildings quaint and full of character. I worked from a photo taken a few years ago when I had an errand to run in Albia.  This scene is on the east side of the square, which […] more »

Ted’s Pizza

Ted’s Pizza

July 10, 2011

This old pizza place was an interesting structure and color, along with the signage and surrounding buildings. I was told it was no longer doing business, but someone down the street was selling pizza now. This watercolor was completed at the Davis County “Plein Air” event on the square in Bloomfield. In the early morning […] more »